On Apr 25, 2012, Tabacum Mantua, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:
Shipment arrived on time.....but packaging was two small boxes with newspaper stuffing...the dry dahlia bulbs were okay, but the mustifolia canna had a major growth area snapped off, it was still in the box....Has one growth area left, so it will grow to a smaller size....The colocasia arrived in good condition despite its limited packaging.... Prices are reasonable with this company....too bad I don't live closer for pickups.....
On Apr 6, 2012, blueschiz Landenberg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I'm looking at all the loveliness in my garden that came last fall from Brent & Becky's. The daffodils are stunning and HUGE! Tulips, crocus and hyacinthoides have been very rewarding as well. I will say their perennials were very small and I had my doubts, but they were healthy and have really taken off this spring after fall planting. My garden is a spring beauty!
March 16 2012 I received an order of bulbs from this firm. They all arrived well packaged and clearly labeled, healthy, moist and firm. The lily bulbs were so stocky if they were bodybuilders they would win every competition they entered.
The lily bulbs were exhibition size. They were so impressive tears of joy came to my eyes.
I commend the person who communicates with customers via e mail. Their e mails are prompt and detailed. They notified me of the FedEx shipment and expected arrival date. They shipped on Tuesday and I received my package in Scott Louisiana on Friday. Add my name to your list of massively impressed customers.
Posted on January 26, 2011, updated August 28, 2011
I placed my first order this winter for pre-cooled daffodils. The order came quickly and the bulbs were very large. I just placed an order for summer bulbs and plants. Their prices and shipping charges are reasonable. I enjoyed reading their remedies for planting outside their zone. I even ordered Sprekelia Fomosissima, but I got cold feet and called customer service and picked a safer choice. As a new gardener I really appreciate the detailed descriptions as well as the pictures of plant combination suggestions.
On August 28th, 2011, RUBYS added the following:
This spring I place an order with them. The stars of my garden were the four hippeastrum bulbs that I received (Dancing Queen and Baby Star). The lilies were beautiful. I bought 3 red hot pokers, I lost one the other 2 did'nt bloom this year, but seem healthy. I planted two pineapple lilies. The one that was so small that I thought would be a dud has shown more growth than sparkling beauty,which was a very large bulb.I hope they both survive and perform better next summer. I also placed a fall order for minor bulbs and in the future I will check during end of season sales to try bulbs that I am unfamiliar with or that would be more risky in my zone.
Came in from the 100 degree heat and wanted to let everyone know how much I have enjoyed my oriental lilies that I purchased from Brent and Becky's. The lilies have been blooming for over a month in this heat. The order I placed last fall of spring bulbs was exceptional in size and quality. The daffodils put on the most beautiful display and the neighbors were all coming by and commenting on them. I have been purchasing from Brent and Becky's for years and even in this NC climate I have Olympic Flame tulips that have come back for 10+ years. It may just be the perfect location but they have paid for themselves over and over. This past year I started planting the species tulips because they seem to do well in this area. The customer service has always been prompt to let me know if there is a sold out item or other changes in my order. Thank you to all the staff at Brent and Becky's and I will be looking thru the catalog this afternoon as I plan what will be on my order for this fall.
Tulips planted last fall were a welcome addition to our spring garden - gorgeous blooms and some unusual varieties too. Spring order arrived promptly. All nice size bulbs and tubers growing nicely. Can't wait for the dahlia's to bloom. Would definitely order from them again.
Ordered elephant ears and canna intrigue from this company in Feb 2011. They came in the spring very well packaged and in good shape. I was very impressed with size of all but Borneo Giant. I have ordered elephant ears from several other companies the last 3 years and these were by far the best. The Black Magic, Illustris, Black Stem and Diamond Head look really impressive as of end of June. The borneo Giant is still coming along slow here in zone 5 but I think I will move it into more shade. I don't think it likes the full sun.The canna intrigue is also coming along slowly.
On May 31, 2011, linette2001 Gainesville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
Just received my second order from them. Both orders had healthy, nice-sized bulbs. My lilies from the fall had gorgeous blooms and my amarcrinum are thriving. The plants I ordered this Spring are very
healthy. Highly recommend.
On May 20, 2011, planthugger Rogersville, MO wrote:
I will only echo this response from AphidsDontRock: High quality plants and bulbs, informative catalog, conscientious customer service, and prices that compare favorably with other companies offering the same quality. I've ordered from Brent and Becky's for years and will continue to do so.
ALL-ROUND EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE. My order was small and late in the season of 2010 but the bulbs (ten feather hyacinth) were large and healthy and neatly packaged. All of them are breaking out and looking promising. "Brent & Becky's" has the ring of a small "mom/pop" operation but it must be humongous. I did notice a slight cumbersomeness in their internal procedures but it had no real negative impact on the transaction.The nursery's minimal guarantee is a bit off-putting but on reflection is understandable and it is a big PLUS for the nursery that they are so blunt, precise, and up-front about their basic responsibilities. Thanks for the high quality of care and product.
I would have liked to have received my order a bit earlier but I waited until their suggested timeframe since they are the experts. Regardless - worth the wait. I had bought some caladiums from Walmart and what a huge difference. Huge! Yes, I realize it was Walmart but quite honestly the prices weren't hugely different. I've ordered a lot of bulbs over my lifetime and I'd say these are some of the best I've ever received. Plus they were packaged nicely and their planting instructions were extremely helpful - not just cookie-cutter instructions copied from elsewhere. I will order again.
On Apr 7, 2011, Verzwyvelt3 Calvin, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I placed an order with Brent & Beckie's in the fall of 2010. I ordered several different items one being 50 Dutch Iris bulbs. It is the middle of April and here in Louisiana we are having 80 degree weather. Most of my bearded iris have bloomed, my Louisiana iris are just about to finish up blooming. My verbena are blooming. My daffodils have finished blooming, My tulips are finished blooming Most of my flowering trees and shrubs are finished blooming , but when I called Brent & Beckie's they told me to wait another couple of weeks and call them back. I am 67 years old I have gardened here in Louisiana all my life, My father was a farmer by trade my grandparents and great grand parents also. But Beckie who lives in VA assumes she knows more about gardening in Louisiana than I do. Out of 50 Dutch iris I have had only one iris to bloom, not one other even put on any buds.. Do not order from Brent & Beckie's.
Posted on July 10, 2006, updated March 28, 2011
I ordered a dahlia, ranunculus, and amarcrinum, which all turned out well. The dahlia, in particular, was impressively healthy.
I also ordered 40 or 50 leucocoryne, and not a single bulb came up - neither foliage nor flowers. I planted all of the bulbs the day after I received them, and I even planted them in several different sites in case they didn't like the soil conditions in one bed. (all were sunny garden beds where very little has ever failed to grow). After a few months, I sent them a polite e-mail, asking if there had been problems with these bulbs and relating my experience. I never got an answer. Since their guarantee seems to be basically 'you're responsible for the bulbs' success/ failure as long as they look OK when you get them', I didn't pursue this any further. Maybe it's my fault, but this is the first time I've ever had a complete bulb failure like this.
On July 26th, 2007, AS added the following:
I finally remembered to update this. Soon after I posted my comment, I was contacted by an employee of Brent and Becky's, who told me that Brent and Becky have never been able to grow the leucocryne successfully in their garden either. I pointed out that their catalog description of growing conditions was misleading, as it suggests this bulb would be perfect for at least one growing season in my soil (though survival over the winter might have been iffy). I also suggested that they label any unfamiliar bulbs that are particularly finicky/ difficult to grow. I wasn't offered any refund, but at least I'm glad to see these particular bulbs are no longer being offered in their catalog. If "education is our most important product", as they claim, they can learn from someone else's mistakes next time, not mine. On July 26th, 2007, AS added the following:
To clarify: Personally, I've added them to my "never again" list, based on their customer service. I buy bulbs for my benefit, not to trial unfamiliar bulbs for the company's benefit. But given that their other bulbs were fine, I wouldn't recommend against them either, as long as you stick to familiar things. On March 28th, 2011, AS added the following:
After seeing a couple of recent comments and sympathizing, I wanted to comment that I'd definitely read this company's guarantee before ordering, and make sure you can live with it. I didn't, and regretted it. What it boils down to is that they guarantee that 1) the bulbs will reach you in good condition. 2) IF you can get them to grow, they will be true to name. There's no guarantee that they will be big enough to bloom the first year, and they specifically do not guarantee that their bulbs will grow successfully. It seems like this works fine for most of the things they sell, but it can be frustrating when things go wrong. (My own customer service experience felt irritatingly condescending.)
I'd also note that they are somewhat weak on warnings for bulbs that may be a little tougher to grow successfully. As an example, at least two other bulb companies note under calochortus that they hate freezing and thawing, but B & B do not. This might be a problem in parts of the country where freeze/thaw cycles are common. Given their guarantee, I suggest some independent research before ordering anything unfamiliar.
like Hexane I too ordered crocosmia bulbs and had the same problem, also I had ordered lily bulbs which were horrible, when I called them they said they would give me credit on the bulbs, but I never reordered, needless to say I have not ordered from them since.
Ordered 4 crinum bulbs in late February. Company promptly gave me a shipping date for two weeks later. I don't believe my credit card was charged until shipping was done. Received box on Saturday, shortly after receiving my notice earlier in week that bulbs had been shipped. I know that size of bulbs vary greatly depending on the crinum, but all four bulbs appear to be blooming size for these particular crinums. Company has great service and prices, but don't offer much variety in crinums. They have lots of other bulbs and I will be ordering cannas and elephant ears next since I am pleased with this company.
On Mar 16, 2011, EastBend East Bend, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:
I love this company! Some years ago I ordered 100s of bulbs from Brent & Becky's for fall planting. It was an end of season sale & the prices were unbelievably low- my expectations were to receive the dregs of their leftover stock but for those amazing prices it was soooooo worth the risk! I was overjoyed with the quality of the bulbs I received. They were large & firm, not a dud in the bunch. They were well-packaged in large plastic crates. I ordered Thalia daffodils, crocus tommasinius, anemones, ipheon & others. The ground was nearly frozen when I planted it all. In the spring I was thrilled by the beauty of the blooming display! Sadly, I divorced these wonderful plants in 2006. I have since relocated to a new home of my own and am now looking forward to doing busines with Brent & Becky's again :)
On Feb 21, 2011, AphidsDontRock Grosse Pointe, MI wrote:
High quality plants and bulbs, informative catalog, conscientious customer service, and prices that compare favorably with other companies offering the same quality. I've ordered from Brent and Becky's for years and will continue to do so.
Posted on May 8, 2010, updated February 13, 2011
I have ordered from B&B many times. Service has always been excellent. Bulbs are among the largest I have encountered locally or mail order. I also get what I order. Have used some other companies and ended up with orange asiatics coming up instead of pink etc. Just placed an order for fall bulbs. Things went well as usual.
On February 13th, 2011, rabbitsdiner added the following:
Since my last comment...received my order of beautifully sized bulbs. I had placed a smaller order than usual...some things I had thought of and wanted to order immediately, to make sure they were in stock. I intended to return and order more but didn't get to it! (Oops!) Next year will order many more. Later I had a bit of a crisis. I had a miscommunication with my wonderful gardener. The bulbs that she planted had a fertilizer overdose. I called B&B for advice. They said Brent himself was in the office and turned me over to him. He was so pleasant, knowledgeable (of course) and helpful. I emailed a thank you for their kindness and received a lovely response from Becky! These are wonderful, expert, professional people with fabulous products. It's such a privilege and pleasure to do business with this company.
On Jan 5, 2011, gdionelli Huntington, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:
Posted on January 10, 2007, updated January 5, 2011
Received big fat firm daffodil bulbs, just when expected. Good communication; good selection of bulbs.
On January 5th, 2011, gdionelli added the following:
I've ordered multiple times from Brent & Becky's, including this past November. The bulbs they've sent me have been huge, and delivery has been quick. And I've had delightful dealings with them on the phone.
Spring 2009 I purchased two sets of Crocosmia bulbs from Brent and Beck's Bulbs. They were much smaller than Crocosmia bulbs I have planted in the past. True to their disclaimer, the bulbs sprouted but did not flower the first year. I fertilized with bulb food and mulched the bed over the winter in anticipation of beautiful long-stemmed, hummingbird enticing plumes of Crocosmia in Spring 2010. I waited May, June, July, August, but no green shoots, much less flowers. When I called B&B to request a replacement, their manager wasn't in, but would call me back. Several days went by and the same person I had previously spoken to left me a voicemail that since the bulbs had been green the year before, I should have added fertilizer and essentially it was my fault that the bulbs never bloomed. I have gardened for over 40 years and have hundreds of daffodils, iris, lillies, tulips, etc. etc and have successfully grown Crocosmias in the past. B&B should have certainly replaced the bulbs or offered a refund. That will be the last time I purchase anything from B&B.
On Nov 6, 2010, bbrookrd Nantucket, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:
Posted on November 9, 2009, updated November 6, 2010
Posted on December 14, 2006, updated November 09, 2009
I ordered four times directly from Brent and Becky's Bulbs this year. The number of bulbs ordered was about 950 bulbs. Most of the orders where for spring blooming bulbs for 2007. The website, as well as the catalog, are precise, easy to use and their bulb selection is the most extensive I've seen in the industry for the U.S. gardener. Their prices are competitive and the shipping is very fair. Their fall sales are a terrific way to indulge and experiment with some of the more unusual items. It was hard to wait for the final mark down, but I received a good portion of what I selected and the size and condition of the bulbs was as good as it gets. I posted a picture of a clump of a Hippeastrum, 'supreme Garden' that I received this past week in the bulb forum as an example of a terrific bulb. It was incredibly generous. The lilies I planted from them last summer all did splendidly. Patti
On November 9th, 2009, bbrookrd added the following:
I once again ordered a bunch of bulbs on July 17Th 2009 from Brent and Becky that included 15 different Narcissus, 16 different Tulips, 3 different Iris and 7 other types of Alliums, Crocus, Anemone and Muscarii. I am happy to rave about the whole process. They are very organized with the invoicing, shipping and as well as with the quality of bulbs. I love this company and their customer service people. They are always quick to advise if something is unavailable or not up to their standards and are happy to fix the problem in any way that will make the customer happy. What a concept in this day. Thanks again, PattiOn November 6th, 2010, bbrookrd added the following:
My 2010 fall bulb order arrived as requested recently and was, as always first rate. They always have provide great communication and packing with my multiply orders placed each year. I have ordered many thousands of bulbs and some bare rooted plants from them over the last few years and I have had not one complaint about their offerings. Their website is clear and easy to use. They also supply the most useful planting information which I can trust. I always feel that this company, though a mail order site for me, is like a friendly old local business, I feel that they pay attention to all their customers like old friends. I can't wait for their 2011 catalog with their spring offerings which will be a sure sign for me that the new season has begun in earnest.
Brent and Becky's is my first choice for bulbs. The bulbs are healthy and arrive early in the fall. They even ship the most tender bulbs ahead of the rest for immediate planting. Great selections, good instructions. I have ordered for a number of years.
This was my first order from this company. Bulbs were delivered lightening fast, and arrived in less than a week from the internet order date. Everything looks very healthy. The X Amercrinum is so large it would put a softball to shame! Even more noteworthy, the Eremurus have long healthy roots, these are the very best I've seen and reasonably priced. Next Spring will tell the tale for sure, but so far I would definitely order from Brent and Becky's Bulbs again! They care about their product and it shows!
On Oct 12, 2010, quaintcharm NW/Central , IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
I had been looking for the yellow daffodils with white trumpets. B & B had a nice selection of them. I already grow "pipit' so I know the photos are true to the actual colors of the plants when they bloom. The bulbs are large, healthy looking, and many are "doubles". The bags came with name tags, which are handy. The shipping was fast. I have ordered from them before, and will continue to do so.
Molly, I don't get it. i click on the picture and I go into the Summer Catalogue. Wait, you're actually clicking on the Garden Watchdog Top 5 link next to it! Make sure to click on the catalogue. You can tell in the lower left corner of your screen, you can see the URL address before you click. Make sure it is a Brent and Becky's Bulbs address.
Well, Brent and Becky's Bulbs utilizes Dave's GardenWatchdog to see how we're doing and to get feedback from our customers. We appreciate that you think our products are "fine", however we'd also like to know what it is you think we can do to improve. It's not really fair to say "step up" without an explanation. Feel free to contact me directly (877-661-2852 toll free) or send me an email (email@example.com) and let me know how we can turn that "fine" and that "neutral" into a "great" and a "positive".
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I have almost exclusively used Brent and Becky for my bulb gardening needs. I have quite the collection of rare indoor clivia and daylily and hope to get into some of their canna var. Im in the middle of an ongoing lesson in the horticulture of cannas. Will update when I finally get some blooming. This is a must have nursery for your bulb and rare blooming needs!
Posted on June 28, 2010, updated June 28, 2010
I have ordered bulbs from Brent and Beckys twice in the last few years and they have done very well. My latest aquisition was a order in May where I got two of their Amaryliss and planted them immediately. Worried a little because being in San Diego, I usually order them around Christmas and they usually bloom March, April, maybe May. So I wondered about planting them in June. Would they bloom? Well, right now I have the most gorgeous three huge blooming flowers, looking just beautiful and the second one, a white, has sent up a bloom stalk with about 4 buds on it, looking as if it's going to be as beautiful.
The two other bulbs I ordered at the same time have started showing and of course, I can't wait to see what they will be like. Very satisfied customer.
On June 29th, 2010, Klug added the following:
Should have mentioned the amaryliss bulbs were on sale and did not appear to be end of the season bulbs, altho they may have said that. With the price of amaryliss, it was wonderful to get a break on them.
Susan, I have to say that this is troubling to me, too! How bizarre! Let me just make sure that you went to http://www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com. We don't have any login information on our website. It's free for anyone to browse. I'll check with the DG staff here and make sure our links are directing properly. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
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